Steel Boat, Iron Hearts: A U-Boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505 Paperback – 1 May 2011
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...successfully bridges the disparity in between U-505 as merely a modern museum exhibit and a place of validation and comfort for those who served aboard the vessel on its wartime patrols...provides a true account of his experiences aboard the U-505 and dispel rumors about life on the vessel... --Nautical Research Journal, 03/2010
About the Author
Author Hans Jacob Goebeler served as control room mate aboard U-505. He died in 1999, and author John P. Vanzo is a former defense program analyst. He teaches political science and geography at Bainbridge College in Georgia.
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Top Customer Reviews
In 1954, Han Goebeler read an article which informed him his beloved U-Boat was now part of an exhibition in Chicago and promptly moved with his wife to be near the machine that once meant so much to him. It wasn't long before he would be found giving personal talks to visitors. Over the years he also brought former adversaries together in reunions.
This book is his story. From those early beginnings in the Kriegsmarine until his death in 1999, he recalls just about everything that ever happened to him. He was not a Nazi, nor was he a demon or monster - just an ordinary man who was called upon to serve his country as did what any of us would do - he served. It is a moving story in which the reader will soon become gripped by the reality of life - and death!, on board a German U-Boat at time of war - although there is much to it than just that.
Rest in Peace Hans Goebeler - you earned it.
A truly fascinating, first hand, account allows the reader to realise the bad guys were just as human and brave individuals too. Are you brave enough to accept that?
I was interested to find the view point of a crew member other than the view point of an officer about
life on board a wartime U boat.
All the books I have read relating to u -boats have been very interesting,but this book has been the most compelling read so far.Thank you to the authors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good to get a real submariners view, had me gripped from start to finish and as a retired British Submariner what an insight.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very very honest and down to earth version of how real life in the U boat world was. The authors honesty may make you squirm, but it is the honesty that makes this book such a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. N. Tilakaratna
A really excellent, factual read. Not just about life in a submarine during WWII but about life in France and back home in Germany. Not to be missed!Published 16 months ago by Peter
Excellent work. So different to hear "The other side's" perspective.Published 18 months ago by Keith Wilson
A must read for any one who enjoys reading factual stories of WW2. Hans Goebeler's personal account of life in the submarine Corp of the Kriegsmarine is absorbing and entertaining. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Martin Rushton
Very sincere insight into the life of this u-boat. Well worth buying.Published 20 months ago by D Urquhart-Potts
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